For many years I have visited the USA. It is a nation of over 350 million people, where people of all races and creeds have made their home. I have always been impressed how the country has absorbed people from all over the world and developed an entrepreneurial approach to feed, clothe and educate them.
But, when did the immigrants start to arrive? I have been conducting virtual interviews with people who led the way. For example, in 1608 Captain Christopher Newport arrived in Jamestowne, Virginia, with a group of colonists. A year later, Captain Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name in New York. These two events signalled the start of the European immigration and problems for the native Indian population. In my book, Amazing Americans I record the views of many people as I think they would tell their story about a great nation.
People have arrived there from every country in the world. Some did not chose to make the journey. Many people from Africa were taken to work as slaves. More recently, people from South America have crossed the USA borders without permission and Spanish is fast becoming the new first language.
So, who are Americans? It is a major question with so many people entering the country illegally.